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What’s Wrong With This Picture? See Something, Say Something

What’s wrong with this picture?

1. Storytelling inconsistency: figure in the foreground has rolled-up sleeves and is sweating, but figure in the background is wearing a warm hoodie.

2. Safety risk: figure in the foreground is wearing a loose bracelet that could catch on a railing.

3. Public infrastructure underfunding: figure in the background [...]

With Crime on the Decline, FBI Goes Red

From 2010 to 2011, the FBI Crime Clock shows a decline in the rate of crime in the United States:

So what’s the FBI to do? How about turn its statistics fiery red?

At some point over the next few months, the FBI will release another year of crime statistics and sum it [...]

Fact Check: is Lewiston, Maine riddled with Crime since Somali Immigrants Came to Town?

When I listen to people talk about the most “dangerous” places to live in Maine, the city of Lewiston constantly comes up. You wouldn’t want to live in Lewiston, people tell me. All the Somalis have made Lewiston a dangerous place to live, they say. You can see these kind of remarks online, too:

Madeleine, [...]

In the 631 Days Since National Terrorism Advisory System Started, Not One Terrorist Alert

Under the old color-coded “Terrorism Alert” system, there was always an “elevated” risk of terrorist attack, kind of like Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average. But starting on April 7 2011 a new system was put in place in which the United States Government would put away its general colors and instead [...]

New Kid Danger: Squishy, Bubbling Feet

Those pretty, teeny, tiny, swirly packets of commercial detergent on the shelves in America’s grocery stores are the hottest new consumer product — and a source of peril for America’s vulnerable children.

Nearly 10 people across the country have called the hotline of the National Fashion Association after small children placed the packets on [...]

Have You Ever Found Anything Dangerous in a Halloween Trick or Treat Bag?

Russ Van Arsdale of Northeast Contact is published this morning in the Bangor Daily News and the Dallas News, sharing a tip on how to make Halloween safer:

Of course, there’s always a chance that something else has made its way into the treat bag. Parents should check the goodies carefully before allowing young ones [...]

Slavish Conservative Bootlicking: Let Government Do Anything to Keep 1 Person Safe

James Delingpole sarcastically takes the New York Times to task for telling the world about Bush’s secret, illegal and unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping program that spied on innocent people. His 296th Way to Drive a Liberal Crazy is:

296. Praise the Grey Lady for its principled decision in 2005 to expose President Bush’s Terrorist Surveillance wiretap [...]

What Are Your Princess Dragons?

Consider the advice of poet Ranier Maria Rilke about how to confront danger, and ask yourself: What are your dragons, and what are the princesses they might become? [...]

Rearrange the Face of the FBI Crime Clock

The FBI Crime Clock brings a feeling of urgency to crime statistics by declaring that in 2009, there was “One murder every 34.5 minutes” in the United States. By not figuring in the size of the population in 2009 — some 307 million people — the FBI makes the nation seem to be a more [...]

One-Two Punch to Balance of Power this Week: Patriot Act and Perpetual War

While we were watching the train wreck of Patriot Act passage last week, the House of Representatives quietly passed a bill that grants the President of the United States the right to engage in perpetual war. Together, these bills concentrate power in the hands of the man who is already the single-most powerful person on [...]

Green Party Senate Candidacy Literally Killed Off By an SUV. What Can You Do?

This should be talked about more than it will be.

Maryland Green Party nominee for the U.S. Senate Natasha Pettigrew was killed today. She wasn’t walking her talk: she was riding it, riding her bicycle as a means of transportation. She was hit and killed by a massive sport utility vehicle driven by someone who [...]