Monthly Archives: February 2013

The ‘gentrification’ of Detroit

“Nobody’s saying we don’t want white people in Detroit. Nobody’s saying that. We recognize the economic benefits to that. But in the same token it’s not fair that you can come in on the block and build up and buy this lavish house and mine’s is falling apart and I’m trying to get illegal cable and water. I’m not even going to say cable. I’m going to say basic water and electricity and heat and I’m rigging up stoves and opening up stoves to be hot at night. But you got a loan to pay off your house?” – The poet and activist known as “Honeycomb”.

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Crime statistics misleading and deceptive

“Canadians no longer report most crimes to police. They don’t see the point… Police don’t respond to simple property crimes anymore. They issue victims a file number and tell them to contact their insurance companies. Those few thieves who are caught know they can expect little or no prison time. It’s the same with lots of other crimes, up to and including assault.” – Lorne Gunter, Toronto Sun.

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Chinese pollution causes ‘cancer villages’

“The use of the term in an official report, thought to be unprecedented, comes as authorities face growing discontent over industrial waste, hazardous smog and other environmental and health consequences after years of rapid development.” – Recent five-year-plan report.

The amazement to me is that China has an ‘environment ministry’… -JG.

See News Forage’s story here.

Police humour

Found on the internet; these are said to be real comments made by South Carolina Troopers that were recorded on their car videos:

“You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.”

“Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.”

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The environment as an excuse for ‘behavioral modification’

“Some have argued that progress on these (global environmental) problems can be made only through a concerted effort to change personal and social norms… Substantial numbers of people will have to alter their existing behaviors to address this new class of global environmental problems.  Alternative approaches are needed when education and persuasion alone are insufficient.” – From The American Institute of Biological Sciences paper “Social Norms and Global Environmental Challenges”.

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