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Relevant Murder Rates (which is what the article quoted in the post sometimes talks about when it isn't changing to something else so you don't notice it's started to compare apples and roofing tar)

Murders per Million People
UK - 14.06
US - 42.80
Florida - 53.2
DC - 359.7

So, not only is the UK not some variety of hidden murder sanctuary, it's roughly 1/3 of the US and just over 1/4 as much a murder haven as Florida... (And hardly "worse than DC"

Guess all those guns don't make Florida safer than the UK.


I don't fine "relevant murder rates". I do find "violent incidents", which includes woundings, robberies, and common assaults (HA!).

I've read before that home invasions, relatively rare here, are common in the UK because people are forced to rely on security systems rather than fire arms.

True, I'd rather be robbed than murdered. However, since I'm not a black inner city drug dealing male youth, I don't need to worry much about being murdered.

Imagine what ending the insane war on drugs would do to our murder rate.


Actually, the robbery rate in the UK is lower than Florida. (Yes, I looked up a bunch of stats) Reread his article, though. He changes what he's talking about multiple times to make it easier to draw incorrect conclusions...

Overall, the general crime rate is 6% higher in the UK than the US (and much lower than DC) The rate of robbery and murder are higher in Florida than the UK. (but the rate of littering may be higher - something is adding to their figures that isn't violent)

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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