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14 July 2014 - 04:51 AM

i'm flying home tonight and i have a 9-hour layover in tokyo with nothing really to do.


anyone been or have suggestions?

FBI: violent crime rates drop to historic lows

12 July 2014 - 08:55 AM

read this article about how violent crimes in america have dropped to a historic low, according to the FBI.


i'm posting this because someone i know posted in on facebook with the following commentary:


of course the liberals that wrote the article ignored the fact that concealed carry permits and gun ownership is at an all-time high.



besides attributing previously inflated numbers due to drug epidemics decades ago that caused huge data swings, the criminology prof cited throughout much of the article does not mention gun ownership, instead attributing the drops to a number of sociological factors.


LaFree said a combination of factors – from a weak economy and an aging population to increased immigration and a more robust police presence across the country – have contributed to the drop.

“One of the responses of society is to pull together when there’s a huge crisis and a feeling of great difficulty,” LaFree said, adding that the economic climate may have contributed to this peaceful trend.

Additionally, with the current U.S. median age at 37.2 years, older than ever before, the aging population is another possible cause, LaFree said. “There is some truth to the fact that younger people commit more crimes,” he said.

“We also have a record number of immigrants, and contrary to popular belief,” LaFree said, “immigrants have lower crime rates than the rest of society.”




i'm curious what everyone thinks. is gun ownership a specious link here, or is lafree trying to hide something?


provide data with your responses and cite your sources plz

help me write my book

30 June 2014 - 06:53 AM

i know i've been serially creating threads lately, but i could really use some help with this. i'm in the final stages of writing my book, but i'm also in the most difficult part. all the in-between stuff was really easy but i'm trying to craft the first couple chapters such that they (1) flow into the main part seamlessly and (2) actually create a compelling interest in what happens for the rest of the book. a hook, if you will.


i think the premise (that i dropped everything and went to australia and trekked around the world) is compelling enough as a story that anyone who's going to read it in the first place will be interested by the subject material alone. however, i don't want to bore anyone.


in light of this i'm interested in putting together a sort of focus group, informally. if i post the rough draft of a chapter or two up here would any of you be willing to read it and give me honest feedback on whatever elements come to mind?


i'll thank you bastards in the foreward if this thing actually takes off.


27 June 2014 - 06:22 AM

I've posted on here before that I'm in the final stages of a book project that's taken up a couple of years on and off. i wrote the first 250 pages in about a month on a ship crossing the pacific ocean from long beach to sydney, and shortly after that i went back to school and haven't had time to touch it. now that i've graduated i've decided to finish it this summer, and after a week and a half with my wife and kid in scotland i flew east, across the middle east and south asia, to kuala lumpur and then into indonesia.






i've been in bali for almost a week, holed up in a hostel in south bali's kuta city (which is a fuging concrete jungle, a million degrees and not much fun at all) doing little more than writing, and until i took a break to do some exploring today i hadn't taken a single picture, which is highly unusual for me. i rented a motorbike and drove up north through the hectic streets of denpassar and into ubud, the arts district, which is pretty phenomenal so far, about ten degrees cooler and ten times quieter. the only real drawback is that 80% of the town is 50-year-old women that came here because it's where eat, pray, love took place, which is pretty lame.


anyway i wandered down to the end of monkey forest road to - you guessed it - a forest full of monkeys. except for the fighting and the fuging they were pretty docile and i got a few cool pictures.











i've got a few more days on the island before i jet off to sulawesi to hang out with dead people and buffalo slaughters, so i should snag some pretty cool shots of some of the volcanos on the northern part of bali. thanks for reading.

this is a thread about istanbul, turkey

20 June 2014 - 10:12 AM

i'm on layover for a day and a half in turkey and got to spend it wandering old constantinople. check out the friends i made

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