Police Go Where the Crime Is

Are the police friend or foe? Are they necessary to preserve order, or are they unnecessarily intrusive? Do they have society’s best interest in mind, or are they racist and violent? Heather Mac Donald, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, analyzes the numbers behind these hot-topic questions.

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Crime Rising Due to Widespread Facemask Usage

Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

The way the FBI tells it, William Rosario Lopez put on a surgical mask and walked into the Connecticut convenience store looking to the world like a typical pandemic-era shopper as he picked up plastic wrap, fruit snacks and a few other items.

Then, when the only other customer left, he went to the counter, pulled out a small pistol, pointed it at the clerk and demanded that he open the cash register.

‘This is a perfect opportunity for them to conceal themselves…’

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Climate Protestors are Forcing the Diversion of Crime Investigation Resources

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT

According to London’s police chief, resources are being diverted from criminal investigations to perform frontline duties, because of the acute manpower shortage caused by having to deal with Extinction Rebellion’s climate protest stunts.

Extinction Rebellion protests cost police £37 million and led to other investigations being shut

Policing the Extinction Rebellion protests has cost Scotland Yard £37million so far this year and has caused other investigations to be closed down.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Tuesday that the cost of the two-week protest action this month had cost £21million, a bill set to rise by several million pounds.

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Most of the Brutally Violent MS-13 Members Arrested in L.A. Were ILLEGALS

By Claire Russel – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

‘Victim was dismembered and his body parts were thrown into a canyon…’

Nearly all of the members in an MS-13 gang charged with slaying seven California residents were illegal aliens, according to law enforcement.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles charged 22 people affiliated with MS-13, a violent gang known for brutal crimes and drug peddling, for murdering residents with machetes, bats, and knives in the Angeles National Forest.

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California: 4th Largest Economy Has Nation’s Worst Poverty Level, Quality Of Life

By Onan Coca – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Have you ever seen those gorgeous California tourism commercials, where the famous people in the ads are having a wonderful time on the beach, on the golf course, and doing various other fun activities?

Well, the latest study from U.S. News and World Report puts those commercials to the lie and unmasks the ugly truth about California.

The latest rankings of best to worst states puts California firmly in the middle of the pack, thanks mostly to being ranked the 4th best economy in the nation, but the reality is that there is a wide gulf between the have’s and the have-not’s in the Golden State. That high economic ranking is misleading because so many of America’s wealthiest happen to live in the state. While California may have a high-powered economy with many wealthy people, the state also has the nation’s WORST poverty rate as well!

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University of Kansas Allows Concealed Carry — Look What Happened to Crime Rates

By   – Re-Blogged From Independent Journal Review

While lawmakers and students are debating how to address gun violence, one university is allowing students and faculty to carry guns — and it’s having a big impact on crime.

In a report released last week, the University of Kansas, which began allowing students to carry concealed firearms on campus on July 1, 2017, and recently increased the number of safety officers on the premises, said crime has decreased by 13 percent, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

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Nearly 450K People Fled Blue States NY, Ill., Calif. in 2017

By Daily Caller News Foundation – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

Debt crises, high taxes, increased crime driving residents away…

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(Daily Caller News Foundation) Three Democratic-leaning states hemorrhaged hundreds of thousands of people in 2016 and 2017 as crime, high taxes and, in some cases, crummy weather had residents seeking greener pastures elsewhere.

The exodus of residents was most pronounced in New York, which saw about 190,000 people leave the state between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released last week.

New York’s domestic out-migration during that time period was about the same as it was in the same time 2015 and 2016.

Since 2010, the state’s outflow of just over 1 million residents has exceeded that of every other state, both in absolute terms and as a share of population, according to the free-market think tank Empire Center.

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Venezuela Vigilante Mobs: Your Country on Socialism

By Joe Scudder – Re-Blogged From Eagle Rising

Due to desperation caused by starvation, there are now Venezuelan vigilante mobs lynching accused thieves.

The story was published today at Yahoo News, but here’s another story about Venezuelan vigilante mobs posted by a French news program eight months ago.

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Carnage of the Middle Class

By Michael Pento – Re-Blogged From http://www.PentoPort.com

In President Donald J. Trump’s inaugural address he promised, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” And immediately liberals and the MSM took umbrage to his use of the word carnage, which means the slaughter of a large number of people, claiming it was just too dark a description for America. Maybe so. However, in a recent Bloomberg commentary, Justin Fox cites some sobering statistics that support Trump’s statement.

While the overall murder rate for the nation should end up increasing about 8% year-over-year, the surge within U.S. cities is absolutely staggering. Chicago suffered a 59% increase in homicides during 2016. Murders were up 56% in Memphis, 61% in San Antonio, 44% in Louisville, 36% in Phoenix and 31% in Las Vegas.

There were also 44,193 suicides in the US in 2015, with the percent increase in suicides rising the most for females aged 10–14, and for males aged 45–64. The suicide rate has risen 24% over the past 15 years and is the highest recorded rate in 28 years.

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Child Labor

[Here’s an outside the box view from India. -Bob]

By Anoop Verma – Re-Blogged From http://www.thesavvystreet.com

According to some reports, there are more than 400,000 street children in India. An analysis of the crime records from 2011 reveals that, in India, 1,408 street children were killed and 1,408 others were raped in 2010. In that year, in the capital city alone 29 children were murdered and 304 were raped.

But these figures represent only a small fraction of the crimes committed against street children. Vast majority of the crimes against street children never get reported.

The world over, as per the estimates of the United Nations, there are up to 150 million street children. Almost every city in the world, even the biggest and most developed ones, have street children. These children are vulnerable to all forms of exploitation and abuse.

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Socialist Venezuela is a Hellscape Right Now

After decades of authoritarian socialist policies and wealth redistribution, the country of Venezuela is collapsing.

Here are a few examples of how the financial system that Salon.com once called an “economic miracle” has deteriorated for the people forced to live under it.

1. If you live in Venezuela, government policies have made your money worthless.

After current President Nicholas Maduro seized control over monetary policy of the country, a steep and steady devaluation of the currency has taken place. According to CNN:

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has touted the Bolivarian Revolution, started by his deceased predecessor Hugo Chavez, as a successful movement. The goal is to equally distribute wealth among all the country’s people. Maduro has continued massive public spending programs to appeal to the country’s poor.

But the bolivar’s implosion has only created more inequality. There’s a growing divide between Venezuelans who can pay to exchange bolivars for dollars and those who can’t.

Here is the rate of inflation for the Bolivar:

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One Bolivar is now worth less than a penny.

2. The Venezuelan government does not have enough paper to even print money.

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Venezuela is printing currency at an alarming rate, and the government is forced to outsource that printing to offshore companies. The financial site Zerohedge explains why:

“The central bank’s own printing presses in the industrial city of Maracay don’t have enough security paper and metal to print more than a small portion of the country’s bills, the people familiar with the matter said. Their difficulties stem from the same dollar shortages that have plagued Venezuela’s centralized economy, as the Maduro administration struggles to pay for imports of everything, including cancer medication, toilet paper and insect repellent to battle the mosquito-borne Zika virus.”

3. Grocery stores are barren wastelands.

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Government stores are open just two days a week and are only accessible with a valid ID that limits them to a certain number of products. Even with these restrictions, these stores look like barren wastelands. Venezuelans wait all day in line hoping to get their hands on basic goods like bread and milk.

4. A hamburger will cost you $170.

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Economic shortfall has officially made hamburgers a luxury in the country. What many Americans enjoy off the value menu at McDonald’s is now worth 1,700 Venezuelan dollars or $170, according to Yahoo.

5. People are hunting dogs, cats, and pigeons to eat.

The situation in Venezuela has gotten so severe that bakeries can’t even produce bread anymore. Empty store shelves coupled with hyperinflation has left the community turning to hunting down dogs, cats, and pigeons to survive.

6. Clean water=gold.

As if the crippling economic crisis wasn’t bad enough, the El Nino weather system has caused water levels to drop dramatically. With 60% of the country’s electricity powered by a hydroelectric plant, the country is in a desperate situation.

On top of that, many communities are faced with yellow water that is filled with dirt. Water trucks that carry clean water get robbed 2-3 times a week, leaving drinkable water hard to come by.

7. There’s a black market for milk.

Scarcity in the country has left people looking beyond their empty store shelves to get their necessities. One person described to Telegraph that they message someone using ‘Whatsapp’ when they want to buy milk. This person’s story is more common than you think. Milk is one of the most common items on the black market.

8. There’s no toilet paper.

In Venezuela, people wait in enormous lines, begging for toilet paper. In Venezuela, they don’t care if it’s 2-ply or 4-ply or if a cute bear family is on the wrapper. All they want is a roll.

When they get their hands on it, it’s like they struck gold. With Venezuelans searching up to two weeks for the product, even tourist hot-spot hotels are now asking guests to bring their own toilet paper.

9. Electricity is rationed.

Venezuela’s new 2 day workweek isn’t as glorious as it sounds. It’s actually the latest measure to cut back on power usage. Other measures include shutting off all power for at least four hours a day. Some of these blackouts last up to 12 hours, putting daily life on pause and leaving food to spoil.

10. If you become sick in Venezuela, you are in trouble.

The state of medical care in Venezuela is straight out of a horror movie, with a lack of supplies, clean beds and caregivers. Elderly and children are dying. Read this excerpt from a recent bombshell New York Times report:

The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward.

Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died.

“The death of a baby is our daily bread,” said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation’s capital, Caracas, referring to the toll from Venezuela’s collapsing hospitals.

People have turned to social media to find medicine.

 

Faced with a public health crisis, Venezuelans are desperately using the social media platform in a last-ditch effort to save their loved ones. Using the hashtag #ServicoPublico, they are reaching out to each other in search of pills, vaccines, and even blood transfusions.

11. Lawless gangsters can kill you and your family at will.

Venezuela is lawless. Gangs control large parts of the country and commit heinous crimes at will, with little to no recourse from the authorities.

Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world:

And one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world.

For the 30 million people who live in Venezuela, these are the effects of the government’s socialist policies.

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Government Thrives on Fear

By John Stossel – Re-Blogged From http://www.Reason.com

This Halloween, what do you fear?

I fear fear itself because when we are afraid, we willingly give away our freedoms.

Global warning? More power to the EPA!

9/11? Vote 100 to 0 to create a TSA!

Kids don’t learn? Common Core!

Crime up? Spend on police! (Or for leftists: increase welfare!)

 Immigrants? Seal the border!

Ebola? More money and power for public health programs!

Government thrives on our fears. When we’re scared, politicians are always there, promising to protect us if we just give them more money and power. We usually do.

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What’s Important to People?

Despite the ‘urgency’ of Paris climate talks, a U.N. sponsored global poll rates climate change dead last

From the United Nations “MY World” initiative, which has recorded the opinions for All Countries & Country Groups with votes of 7,679,273 at the time of this writing. They describe it as:

MY World is a United Nations global survey for citizens. Working with partners, we aim to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty.

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