I wish that Typepad had a “blogroll” function that I could put on the sidebar. Because you all should check into the Dragon’s Tales ever so often.
Two cool links today. Link #1: proof that I am not complete Luddite. Yeah, I worry about the robots. And I worry about the panopticon. But I do not worry about the flying cars and it is serious awesome that Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California, is trying to build one for the U.S. armed forces.
Link #2: By age 23, 49% of black, 44 % of Hispanic & 38 % of white males have been arrested. That is fucking amazing. I came close to being arrested on two occasions, but it did not happen. My friend Guy can say the same, only more so. It is a good thing to be white in this country ... so I am surprised that the disparity in arrest records is as small as eleven percentage points.
What I am curious about is the result of the arrests. My null hypothesis would be that the consequences are far more serious for black arrestees than for white ones, but I do not know that for certain. Does anyone know of research?
I would also like to know if anyone has looked into how cumulative cohort arrest rates have varied over time. Were men who turned 23 in 1953 or 1973 or 1993 as likely to have been arrested as those who turned 23 in 2013?
I think a good social science history of crime in America is sorely needed.