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#1 Apr 24 2012 at 9:06 AM Rating: Good
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The Northeast that is...the Northeast US.

Key findings from the US 2012 Peace Index:
- Maine is the most peaceful state for the 11th consecutive year.
- Wyoming has improved the most while Arizona records the biggest fall.
- Cambridge, Mass., metro area is the most peaceful, Detroit the least peaceful.
- The U.S. is more peaceful than at any time in the last 20 years.

Guess where you'll find the least peace? Louisiana is the least peaceful. The South is the least peaceful region with the highest homicide, violent crime, and incarceration rates, as well as the highest prevalence of gun ownership, and the second highest police employee rate.

Here's the executive summary of the 2012 Peace Index.




Edited, Apr 24th 2012 5:07pm by Elinda
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#2 Apr 24 2012 at 9:15 AM Rating: Good
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I have a serious problem with Louisiana being ranked the least peaceful, but of course I didn't click the link so I'm not sure what criteria they are using. I can say that other than New Orleans being the "per capita murder capital of the world", the rest of the state is relatively safe and a great place to live, especially if you like to eat.
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#3 Apr 24 2012 at 9:15 AM Rating: Good
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I think it's disingenuous to use "availability of small arms" as a criteria. If the availability of small arms results in an increase in violence, then that increase in violence will be represented directly in the other data sets.
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#4 Apr 24 2012 at 9:20 AM Rating: Decent
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I have a serious problem with Louisiana being ranked the least peaceful, but of course I didn't click the link so I'm not sure what criteria they are using.
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The five criteria used in the ranking are the number of homicides per 100,000 people; number of violent crimes; incarceration rate; number of police employees; and availability of small arms.
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#5 Apr 24 2012 at 9:24 AM Rating: Good
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Hey, a pdf of what I've been saying all this time. Cool.
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Hey Elinda, the next time you decide that you absolutely must share the front-page Yahoo fluff story with somebody, try it in the Sandbox.

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#7 Apr 24 2012 at 10:34 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
Bigdaddyjug wrote:
I have a serious problem with Louisiana being ranked the least peaceful, but of course I didn't click the link so I'm not sure what criteria they are using.
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The five criteria used in the ranking are the number of homicides per 100,000 people; number of violent crimes; incarceration rate; number of police employees; and availability of small arms.


So in other words 2 things that marginally matter and 3 things that have no bearing whatsoever on how "peaceful" a place really is. Why am I not surprised that the Northeast was at the top of the list and the South was at the bottom?

Oh, and shouldn't incarceration rate make a place more peaceful? You know, if all those violent criminals are behind bars, they're not out disturbing the peace and whatnot, right?
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Oh, and shouldn't incarceration rate make a place more peaceful? You know, if all those violent criminals are behind bars, they're not out disturbing the peace and whatnot, right?


Not sure if serious.

People are probably getting arrested at a higher rate in Camden than in Greenwich, CT, but that doesn't mean that Camden is safer.
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#9 Apr 24 2012 at 10:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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In case anyone besides me was interested in going beyond the executive summary. There's world-wide stuff on there too, and you can watch colors change year to year.

Edited, Apr 24th 2012 9:59am by someproteinguy
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And Dragon Age.

The Louisiana Death Trap IS serious business though!
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And Dragon Age.

The Louisiana Death Trap IS serious business though!


Far be it from me to step in if all the liberals down here want to kill each other. How the **** do you think we got a Republican elected governor?
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#13 Apr 24 2012 at 12:47 PM Rating: Good
Oregon was rated 13th. Smiley: grin But that's 6 spots behind Washington... Smiley: mad Stupid Portland skewing our numbers.
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Driving all the poor blacks out of New Orleans because Bush hates black people.


Had you seen and heard some of the dumb things done and said by Democrat state and local leaders after Katrina, even you might have voted for a Republican. I'm just glad I don't actually live in the city of New Orleans.
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I'm noticing that the drop in the 1990s and the drop after 2008 is much more remarkable than the shift between 2000-2008 Smiley: um
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Had you seen and heard some of the dumb things done and said by Democrat state and local leaders after Katrina, even you might have voted for a Republican. I'm just glad I don't actually live in the city of New Orleans.

I'm a fair-minded person and just assume that everyone in LA is equally retarded. I'm bipartisan like that.
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#17 Apr 24 2012 at 1:13 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey Elinda, the next time you decide that you absolutely must share the front-page Yahoo fluff story with somebody, try it in the Sandbox.

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Peace baby.

It was front page of the Kennebec Journal - my local paper. Smiley: wink


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Had you seen and heard some of the dumb things done and said by Democrat state and local leaders after Katrina, even you might have voted for a Republican. I'm just glad I don't actually live in the city of New Orleans.

I'm a fair-minded person and just assume that everyone in LA is equally retarded. I'm bipartisan like that.


I feel the same way about anybody in politics.
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#19 Apr 24 2012 at 1:20 PM Rating: Good
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There really isn't much to do in Louisiana.
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PigtailsOfDoom wrote:
Oregon was rated 13th. Smiley: grin But that's 6 spots behind Washington... Smiley: mad Stupid Portland skewing our numbers.


Hey we're ahead of Tacoma. That's good right? Smiley: rolleyes
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#21 Apr 24 2012 at 1:28 PM Rating: Default
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RavennofTitan wrote:
There really isn't much to do in Louisiana.

Play video games??
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#22 Apr 24 2012 at 1:36 PM Rating: Default
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Does anyone else not find this encouraging?

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- The U.S. is more peaceful than at any time in the last 20 years.


Are we getting more peaceful or are we just getting lazier?
Most of Maine's violent crimes fall easily into the domestic category. So, we're mostly only killing or maiming friends and family. That's kind of comforting as it should mean that the chance of being violently attacked by a stranger is pretty minimal.
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There really isn't much to do in Louisiana.

Play video games??


If you never been there you wouldn't understand trust me.
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Elinda wrote:
So, we're mostly only killing or maiming friends and family.
Well, that's where most of the violent crime was occurring already.
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New York appears to be a police state of dubious safety. Sounds about right.
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