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“These Are Such Terrible Times”

. In the morning, I like to take a walk with my friend, the mom of a 4-year-old. Lately, thanks to the terrible stories from Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas, she says she has been feeling overwhelmed. Who hasn’t? And yet…and yet…  The narrative of chaos and despair obscures and even discounts a different narrative […]

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Open your eyes, America!

Crime Down, Fear Up

Americans remain confused about reality. As Vox reports: Nearly two-thirds of Americans think violent crime increased over the past year, even though violent crime has been on a general decline for two decades, according to a new Gallup survey. The survey teases out different mini-trends, but in the end Gallup concludes on its own site: […]

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Reports of uninvolved bystanders led to hyper-involvement today.

How Kitty Genovese Changed Childhood

From my piece on Time.com today. (Time writes the headlines, not me): How Kitty Genovese Destroyed Childhood We once may have been too slow to call the cops. Now we’ll dial 911 if we see a couple kids walking alone to get pizza. by Lenore Skenazy Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death 50 years ago today. […]

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Murder Rate Bumped Off (of List of Leading Death Causes)

Murder Rate Bumped Off (of List of Leading Death Causes)

Hi Folks! This just in: Homicide has dropped off the Top 15 causes of death in America. It’s been replaced by something called, “Pneumonitis,” an illness caused by people accidentally breathing food or liquid into their lungs — a problem most prevalent in folks over 75. In other words, it is one of the panoply […]

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