August, 2010 – the divorce rate is at its lowest point since the early 1970s. And infidelity has continued to decline.
“It runs counter to this image people have of Tiger Woods and divorce,” Prof. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, says. “They get a sense from the media that divorce is prevalent but the reality is we’re not experiencing divorce that way.”
As the downturn wears on, the divorce rate decreased more from 2008 to 2009 than from 2007 to 2008. Legal fees, a dreary real-estate market and other economic malaisemight be causing some couples to hold off from divorcing. Others may be banding together in tough times.
May, 2011 – Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts
The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation that crime would increase during a recession.
In all regions, the country appears to be safer. The odds of being murdered or robbed are now less than half of what they were in the early 1990s, when violent crime peaked in the United States. Small towns, especially, are seeing far fewer murders: In cities with populations under 10,000, the number plunged by more than 25 percent last year.
October, 2011 – WASHINGTON — It seems as if violence is everywhere, but it’s really on the run.
Historically, we’ve never had it this peaceful. Statistics reveal dramatic reductions in war deaths, family violence, racism, rape, murder and all sorts of mayhem.
In his book, Pinker writes: “The decline of violence may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species.” And it runs counter to what the mass media is reporting and essentially what we feel in our guts.
Pinker and other experts say the reality is not painted in bloody anecdotes, but demonstrated in the black and white of spreadsheets and historical documents. They tell a story of a world moving away from violence.
The number of people killed in battle – calculated per 100,000 population – has dropped by 1,000-fold over the centuries as civilizations evolved. Before there were organized countries, battles killed on average more than 500 out of every 100,000 people. In 19th century France, it was 70. In the 20th century with two world wars and a few genocides, it was 60. Now battlefield deaths are down to three-tenths of a person per 100,000.
The rate of genocide deaths per world population was 1,400 times higher in 1942 than in 2008.
Murder within families. The U.S. rate of husbands being killed by their wives has dropped from 1.2 per 100,000 in 1976 to just 0.2. For wives killed by their husbands, the rate has slipped from 1.4 to 0.8 over the same time period.
Rape in the United States is down 80 percent since 1973. Lynchings, which used to occur at a rate of 150 a year, have disappeared.
It’s hard for many people to buy the decline in violence. Even those who deal in peace for a living at first couldn’t believe it when the first academics started counting up battle deaths and recognized the trends.
The “Human Security Report 2009/2010,” a project led by Mack and funded by several governments, is a worldwide examination of war and violence and has been published as a book. It cites jarringly low numbers.While the number of wars has increased by 25 percent, they’ve been minor ones. The average annual battle death toll has dropped from nearly 10,000 per conflict in the 1950s to less than 1,000 in the 21st century. And the number of deadliest wars – those that kill at least 1,000 people a year – has fallen by 78 percent since 1988.
June, 2012 – FBI: Violent crime rates in the US drop, approach historic lows
Violent crime rates in the U.S. are reaching historic lows. Instances of murder declined overall by 1.9 percent from 2010 figures, while rape, robbery and aggravated assault declined by 4 percent nationwide.
Although the findings, released in the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, represent a seemingly small decline in crime overall, they aren’t just a blip. Rather, criminologists say, the decline is part of a larger downward trend and the result of a series of changes that have contributed to a more peaceful society.
“This is actually a pretty significant drop, which is fascinating because we’d normally expect crime to go up when we’re in an economic downturn,” Gary LaFree, a criminology professor at the University of Maryland, told msnbc.com, adding that the U.S. is experiencing the lowest crime levels since World War II.
According to FBI analysis, the homicide drop would mean that nearly 280 fewer Americans were murdered last year, which would be the lowest homicide death toll since the mid-1950s.
January, 2013 – Fall in UK crime rate baffles experts
The classic theory that property crime rises faster in times of economic strife no longer seems to apply, latest figures show
The surprise 8% fall in crime last year, revealed by government statisticians on Thursday, is sending the academic experts scurrying to rewrite their basic ‘Criminology 101’ lecture and the theory that recession leads to rising crime, particularly property crime. The official statisticians say the latest crime figures for England and Wales, which include a 10% drop in the murder rate to 549 homicides, the lowest level since 1978, herald a resumption in the long-term decline that has been going on for nearly 20 years.
June 22, 2013 – Lead vaccine developer comes clean so she can “sleep at night”
Gardasil and Cervarix Don’t Work, Are Dangerous, and Weren’t Tested
Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. She is the latest to come forward and question the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. She made the surprising announcement at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, which took place in Reston, Virginia on Oct. 2nd through 4th, 2009. Her speech was supposed to promote the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, but she instead turned on her corporate bosses in a very public way. When questioned about the presentation, audience members remarked that they came away feeling that the vaccines should not be used.
“I came away from the talk with the perception that the risk of adverse side effects is so much greater than the risk of cervical cancer, I couldn’t help but question why we need the vaccine at all.” – Joan Robinson
July, 2013 – India bans captive dolphin shows, says dolphins should be seen as ‘non-human persons’
July, 2013 – NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola says its profit dipped in the latest quarter, as the world’s largest beverage maker blamed bad weather and challenging economic conditions for weak volume growth
Coca-Cola’s shares fell nearly 3% in premarket trading. It is one of the 30 stocks in the benchmark Dow Jones industrial average. The Atlanta-based company, which makes Sprite, Powerade and Dasani, says global volume rose 1% in the period. But in its flagship North American market, volume declined 1%, including a 4% drop in sodas.
August, 2013 – Long John Silver’s reportedly announced on Wednesday that the seafood chain has begun switching all U.S. restaurants to trans fat free cooking oil.
August 2013 – Japan went nuclear-free on Monday as it switched off its last operating reactor for an inspection, with no date scheduled for a restart amid strong public hostility to atomic power.
Kansai Electric Power took offline the No. 4 reactor at its Oi nuclear plant in the western prefecture of Fukui at 1:33 am (1633 GMT Sunday) “without any problems,” said a company official. The move left the world’s third largest economy without atomic energy for the second time since the Fukushima nuclear crisis erupted in March 2011.
Nuclear power supplied about one-third of the resource-poor nation’s electricity before a tsunami knocked out cooling systems and sparked meltdowns at Fukushima, causing tens of thousands to flee their homes. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has openly backed a return to the widespread use of atomic energy, but the public remains divided over his support, with opponents concerned on safety grounds.
Japan previously was without any nuclear energy in May 2012, when all of the country’s 50 commercial reactors stopped for checkups in the wake of the disaster. Utilities were unable immediately to restart them due to public opposition.
August 30, 2013 – Monsanto insiders dump stock as the truth about GMOs spreads across Wall Street
Monsanto executives and insiders are dumping Monsanto stock in record volumes, sending the stock price spiraling downward. CEO Hugh Grant just sold off 40,000 shares at $97.74, and both Janet Holloway and Gerald Steiner – both high-level Monsanto executives – recently ditched more than 10,000 shares each. Tom Hartley also bailed on another 6,000 shares at $100.15.
Hedge funds, meanwhile, are also dumping Monsanto stock, most likely due to sharply increased “negative sentiment.”