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Gang violence is a problem in every major city in the United States and membership is on the rise. According to the Department of Justice’s 2005 National Gang Threat Assessment, there are at least 21,500 gangs and more than 731,000 active gang members. While gangs are less prevalent in rural areas, in major cities, gang violence is responsible­ for roughly half of all ­­homicides. ­ Gangs are also becoming more savvy, using computers and other technology to commit crimes.

Gathering accurate statistics on gangs and gang membership is difficult for a number of reasons. Gangs obviously don’t keep official records of their membership. Some people hang out with gang members, but aren’t actually in a gang themselves. If someone “runs with” a gang, but hasn’t been initiated yet, is that person a member? Who do you count when compiling your statistics?­


It’s also important to consider the source of the data. If a police officer asks a gang member, “Are you in a gang?” chances are the gang member will say no, knowing that police place extra scrutiny on known gang members. Some youths may claim gang membership around other teens to seem tough, and gangs might inflate membership numbers to make their gang seem more powerful. Police departments don’t always report gang statistics accurately, either. Federal grants for fighting gang violence can give departments incentive to exaggerate gang numbers, while some departments deny having any gang problems at all to appease the public.

The National Center for Juvenile Justice used a combination of police department reports and self-reporting to compile the ­Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report. They estimated that 49 percent of gang members were Hispanic, 37 percent were black, 8 percent white, 5 percent Asian and 1 percent had another ethnicity. They also found that gang membership is not as prevalent among youth as some fear — between 1 and 2 percent of children ages 10 to 17 were gang members, although the percentage spikes when only “at-risk” youth are counted. Those that did join gangs didn’t stay long, with the majority remaining in the gang for less than a year.

Why Do People Leave Gangs?
The brutal truth of gang life is that the only way most gang members leave the gang is in a body bag. Some do manage to move on to a better, peaceful life. It might be because they reach a level of maturity that allows them to see the dangers of gang life in a different light. If they have family or get a good job and a home, they want to protect those things.

In some cases, the impetus is more sudden — a serious injury or some hard time in jail can turn some gang members’ lives around. Some may find a new direction in religion.

close up of the hands of two men having a conversation in british sign language. Image shot 11/2006. Exact date unknown.

Why Do People Join Gangs?
There are many possible reasons for someone to join a gang, but four primary reasons seem to describe most gang members:

  1. Poverty
    Many gangs exist mainly as a moneymaking enterprise. By committing thefts and dealing drugs, gang members can make relatively large amounts of money. People who are faced with a lack of money may turn to crime if they can’t earn enough with a legitimate job. This partly explains why gangs exist in poor, rundown areas of cities. However, not everyone who is poor joins a gang, and not every gang member is poor.
  2. Peer pressure
    Gang members tend to be young. This is partly because gangs intentionally recruit teenagers, but it’s also because young people are very susceptible to peer pressure. If they live in a gang-dominated area, or go to a school with a strong gang presence, they might find that many of their friends are joining gangs. It can be difficult for a teen to understand the harm that joining a gang can bring if he’s worried about losing all of his friends. Many teenagers do resist the temptation of gang membership, but for others it is easier to follow the crowd. Peer pressure is a driving force behind gang membership in affluent areas.
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    1. Boredom
      With nothing else to occupy their time, youths sometimes turn to mischief to entertain themselves. If gangs are already present in the neighborhood, that can provide an outlet. Alternatively, teenagers might form their own gangs. This is why many communities have tried to combat gangs by simply giving kids something to do. Dances, sports tournaments and other youth outreach programs can literally keep kids off the streets. Unfortunately, many youths and even gang experts use boredom as an excuse. Authors of articles about gang violence often write something like, “There’s nothing else to do where they live.” Indeed, youth sports programs,swimming pools or even libraries are often in short supply or poor repair in tough urban areas. But for every teenager who gets bored and joins a gang, there are 10 who find positive, productive ways to spend their time.
    2. Despair
      If poverty is a condition, despair is a state of mind. People who have always lived in poverty with parents who lived in poverty often see no chance of ever getting a decent job, leaving their poor neighborhood or getting an education. They are surrounded by drugs and gangs, and their parents may be addicts or non-responsive. A neighborhood gang can seem like the only real family they’ll ever have. Joining a gang gives them a sense of belonging and being a part of something important that they can’t get otherwise. In some cases, parents approve of their children joining gangs, and may have been a member of the same gang in the past.

    Drug use is an underlying factor in all of these reasons. Not only does the sale of illegal drugs drive the profits of street gangs, they also create many of the conditions that lead to gang membership.

    gs5original source: http://people.howstuffworks.com/street-gang.htm

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They have written and will write many things about the contact between Chicho Perez and Felipe Massa, but good for us to refer to things truthful and verifiable.Here are some considerations that have to do with the time of each driver at the end of the race in Canada, as we all noted, sanctions aside, was the best of the year so far.

Although the curve of the incident is left and Felipe Massa follows a correct path cut on the middle of the curve, the movement is seen in the Chico line has the same goal, with the disadvantage of not being able to stop depth. We’re talking about the definition of a great career, then then impossible Perez or ask any pilot remain static before the attack.

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Felipe Massa comes very fast, because that races are treated, and you can not ask do not try to rebase at that moment and while volante shows that up to the Chicho car, not worth the weight of the blame for that movement occurs in your braking point, right where the brake application usually decompose the path of cars.
Apply a penalty should be a matter of almost automatic criteria, but the jurisdiction of the F1 this far from reality because of the constant change-official drivers completely separates the consequences of similar maneuvers away.What happens now is that the only uniformed criterion is to decide on the research will be susceptible maneuvers and resolution is what is at the discretion.

From the perspective of a pilot commissioner, a pilot can close the door on a slow track drastically as Monaco without leaving the accused, but on the opposite side at high speed as in Canada, the flick is called.
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Original interview: http://www.foxsportsla.com/columnistas/view/158169-el-gp-de-canada-en-4-apuntes-por-luis-manuel-lopez (translated in English with a online translator machine)
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“My lips are for blowing” by Svetlana Gruebbersolvik is the only piece of work ever recorded and produced (at her dad own expenses) by this infamous and lurid Bulgarian Flautist. Recorded at home in her cozy Bulgarian loft, the album features nothing more than her lonely and pretty damn sad flute. No arrangements, no other musical instruments were involved during the making of this dreadful record. The opening track “The Mandurian Advocate” is a slow-tempo ballad, which remind us of lost and forgotten folklore chants of the Appalachian Mountains. Printed in a very limited edition of 15 copies in vinyl the album has never reached any record store or radio. Sold almost to relatives and friends, this wicked album has been completely forgotten and ignored during all this time. Nostalgic people may like the groovy and heinous tracks such as “Yesterday, when we all were elves” and “The secret of your embalmed uncle”. The closing track “Nipples and Pears” remind us of a desolate Peruvian valley during a warm and rainy day but still don’t make the point of what this fetid record is about. After digesting the big failure as a musician, Svetlana has moved forward with her career, working as a supermarket cashier for many wicked and long years and then finally promoted as a regional manager of a little ecologic shop in Pennsylvania, job which she did not accept, since she was happily living in Bulgaria and had no intentions at all to move to Pennsylvania just to manage a little ecologic shop. The flute you can admire in the lurid album cover has been sold many years later to a Estonian flute collector via eBay, unfortunately the parcel got lost by the local post and it has never been found again. Her beloved instrument vanished into thin air, like the notes of her music and the copies of her records, probably also lost or destroyed with fury and anger by their respective owners.

So long,

William C. Freshwater

Ladybird is a name that has been used in England for more than 600 years for the European beetle Coccinella septempunctataCoccinellidae are a family of beetles belonging to the superfamily Cucujoidea, which in turn belongs to the series Cucujiformia within the suborder Polyphaga of the beetles (Coleoptera). Their relatives within the Cucujoidea are the Endomychidae (“handsome fungus beetles”) and Corylophidae (“minute fungus beetles”). Worldwide, nearly 6,000 species of ladybirds are known, of which 98 are currently reported to occur in Florida .

The Coccinellidae are generally considered useful insects, because many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places. Within the colonies of such plant-eating pests, they will lay hundreds of eggs, and when these hatch the larvae will commence feeding immediately.However, some species do have unwelcome effects. Among these, the most prominent are the subfamily Epilachninae, which are plant eaters. Usually, Epilachninae are only mild agricultural pests, eating the leaves of grain, potatoes, beans, and various other crops, but their numbers can increase explosively in years when their natural enemies are few, such as parasitoid wasps that attack their eggs. When that happens, they can do major crop damage. They occur in practically all the major crop-producing regions of temperate and tropical countries.

— original source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/lady_beetles.htm —

— original source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccinellidae  —-

— original source: http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/12/07/ladybug-ladybug-fly-away-home/ —


“The Giants Sounds of Little David” is a lurid and wretched album totally unknown by the masses. Released sometimes in the 70s, in an era where Glam Rock was filling the air. Little David, like many other teenagers of his time embraced with enthusiasm this movement and wrote without thinking twice this viscid record. This instrumental piece of work features the best tracks that Little David recorded in his whole career, “Let’s go to the Hash Bar” is probably the most famous of all tracks. Little David experimented with his double neck guitar landscapes that no other musician have visited before. Glam Rock riffs clash with the funky-upbeat chords which seldom remind us some classical-neo realist music with an almost semiotic approach.  Little David has no shame to advertise his interest in drugs, “You can always find cocaine between my teeth” is another example where the young guitarist is mixing some well known blues riffs with some Cuban style rhythms. The closing song of the album (“Uncle Booze”) is one of the longest instrumental piece ever written by this very stoned guitarist. The album is nowadays impossible to find, no songs on the internet, rumors say that Little David himself filled with shame and disgrace has deleted with rage and fury all the traces of this frigged and fetid record. But the lucky owners of the few printed copy of this fulsome vinyl may decide one day to upload some of the tracks on the internet, I certainly hope so but until then it’s all wrapped up in a mystery which only Little David and those few lucky fans can enjoy at best.

So long,

William C. Freshwater

How to train your tiger to fetch


How to train your tiger – Fetching (Season 2 Episode 9)

After months seeing you running up side down and your tiger sit just looking at you, it’s time to revert the parts.

Stay quite in a corner and throw in the bushes some extremely attractive and natural prey for your feline: anything can be, from an antelope to a fawn, from a crocodile to a fusillo.

Chose what will reveal the dramatic and powerful instinct of your tiger. And let if fly.

Observe his proud in accomplishing the task. Your tiger is becoming that pet you always wanted to have.