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And, yes, I DO take it personally: How about "wonderful and encouraging" rather than "baffling and unexpected"...?
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Monday, July 20, 2009

How about "wonderful and encouraging" rather than "baffling and unexpected"...?

from the wapo...
Violent crime has plummeted in the Washington area and in major cities across the country, a trend criminologists describe as baffling and unexpected.

The District, New York and Los Angeles are on track for fewer killings this year than in any other year in at least four decades. Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis and other cities are also seeing notable reductions in homicides.

"Experts did not see this coming at all," said Andrew Karmen, a criminologist and professor of sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

and, natch, cops are taking the credit...
Whatever the cause, police across the region are taking credit for the drop.

maybe, just maybe, people are beginning to reject violence and crime as behavioral options... maybe, just maybe, people are beginning to tune in to the fact that making things better can't be done by fighting and stealing... can i justify such a view...? no, of course not, but maybe, just maybe, there might be some truth in it and, if so, wouldn't that be loverly...?

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