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  • Public 'lack crime figures faith'
    more faith in simpler statistics in New York US The Met chief said Few question the crime figures in New York Residents largely accept that their city is safer than it was And that is because New York has not fiddled about with how they collect crime statistics in the way the UK has Crime decline He argued that many people would be surprised at how many crimes were recorded By way of example he said that until recently gun enabled crime had included attacks with CS gas And he mocked a definition of knife crime provided for police which included an exhaustive list of weapons ranging from machetes axes and crossbows to darts and needles Sir Ian whose speech was delivered at the Policy Exchange called for crime counting rules to be revised to make figures simpler and more credible The police commissioner also stressed that recent crime figures showed almost every category of crime was in decline in London Political accountability Sir Ian also rejected calls by London Mayor Boris Johnson for the Home Office to examine whether the Met should keep national responsibilities such as counter terrorism The mayor has said that if such responsibilities were hived

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  • Gun crime 60pc higher than official figures
    in this country Chris Huhne the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman said the figures revealed the extent to which gun crime is a scar on society It is shocking that the Home Office is in denial about the extent of gun crime by refusing to include offences where a gun is present but not brandished he said This is another strong reason why the Home Office should not be in charge of collecting its own statistics which should be put directly under the responsibility of the Office for National Statistics Gun crime must be treated with the same seriousness and concern as knife crime Both are a scar on our society In all there were at least 5 612 offences excluded from the Home Office s official gun crime total last year according to figures supplied by police forces The true total number of excluded offences will have been even higher because two of the 43 forces in England and Wales Thames Valley and Leicestershire failed to hand over their data when asked to do so under the Freedom of Information Act and a large urban force Greater Manchester provided incomplete statistics Scotland records gun crime differently When the Home Office publishes its latest quarterly crime figures on Thursday they will include a section on gun crime injuries and deaths but the figures will again exclude a significant number of incidents The Sunday Telegraph s figures suggest that the Metropolitan Police s official tally of 3 300 gun crimes in 2006 7 the most recent available would have risen to around 5 000 if excluded categories had been counted In 2007 Met officers dealt with 1 678 firearms incidents which were not included in the official tally The Met s figures show that offences of firearms possession in the capital

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  • Diet Soda Linked to Depression in NIH Study
    soda daily are about 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression than people who don t drink soda Coffee drinkers are about 10 percent less likely to develop depression than people who don t drink coffee STUDY Humans Slowly Evolving Into Dumber Species The National Institutes of Health study included more than 250 000 people between the ages of 50 and 71 and studied their drink consumption during

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  • About That Overpopulation Problem
    we ve heard often and loudly that world population growth is a perilous and perhaps unavoidable threat to our future as a species But population decline is a very familiar concept in the rest of the developed world where fertility has long since fallen far below the 2 1 live births per woman required to maintain population equilibrium In Germany the birthrate has sunk to just 1 36 worse even than its low fertility neighbors Spain 1 48 and Italy 1 4 The way things are going Western Europe as a whole will most likely shrink from 460 million to just 350 million by the end of the century That s not so bad compared with Russia and China each of whose populations could fall by half As you may not be surprised to learn the Germans have coined a polysyllabic word for this quandary Schrumpf Gessellschaft or shrinking society American media have largely ignored the issue of population decline for the simple reason that it hasn t happened here yet Unlike Europe the United States has long been the beneficiary of robust immigration This has helped us not only by directly bolstering the number of people calling the United States home but also by propping up the birthrate since immigrant women tend to produce far more children than the native born do But both those advantages look to diminish in years to come A report issued last month by the Pew Research Center found that immigrant births fell from 102 per 1 000 women in 2007 to 87 8 per 1 000 in 2012 That helped bring the overall U S birthrate to a mere 64 per 1 000 women not enough to sustain our current population Moreover the poor highly fertile countries that once churned out immigrants by

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  • Britain: From Bad to Worse
    are based on the final disposition Suppose that three men kill a woman during an argument outside a bar They are arrested for murder but because of problems with identification the main witness is dead charges are eventually dropped In American crime statistics the event counts as a three person homicide but in British statistics it counts as nothing at all With such differences in reporting criteria comparisons of U S homicide rates with British homicide rates is a sham the report concludes Another common practice according to one retired Scotland Yard senior officer is falsifying clear up rates by gaining false confessions from criminals already in prison Britain has far fewer protections against abusive police interrogations than does the United States As a result thousands of crimes in Great Britain have been solved by bribing or coercing prisoners to confess to crimes they never committed Explaining away the disparity between crime reported by victims and the official figures became so difficult that in April 1998 the British Home Office was forced to change its method of reporting crime and a somewhat more accurate picture began to emerge In January 2000 official street crime rates in London were more than double the official rate from the year before So what s a British politician to do when elections coincide with an out of control crime wave Calling for reasonable gun laws is no longer an option Handguns have been confiscated and long guns are very tightly restricted So anti gun demagoguery while still popular can t carry the entire load Conversely the government would not find it acceptable to allow its subjects to possess any type of gun even a licensed registered 22 rifle for home protection Defensive gun ownership is entirely illegal and considered an insult to the government

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  • UK is violent crime capital of Europe
    minute second only to Sweden Chris Grayling shadow home secretary said This is a real damning indictment of this government s comprehensive failure over more than a decade to tackle the deep rooted social problems in our society and the knock on effect on crime and anti social behaviour We re now on our fourth Home Secretary in this parliament and all we are getting is a rehash of old initiatives that didn t work the first time round More than ever Britain needs a change of direction The figures were sourced from Eurostat the European Commission s database of statistics They are gathered using official sources in the countries concerned such as the national statistics office the national prison administration ministries of the interior or justice and police A breakdown of the statistics which were compiled into league tables by the Conservatives revealed that violent crime in the UK had increased from 652 974 offences in 1998 to more than 1 15 million crimes in 2007 It means there are over 2 000 crimes recorded per 100 000 population in the UK making it the most violent place in Europe Austria is second with a rate of 1 677 per 100 000 people followed by Sweden Belgium Finland and Holland By comparison America has an estimated rate of 466 violent crimes per 100 000 population France recorded 324 765 violent crimes in 2007 a 67 per cent increase in the past decade at a rate of 504 per 100 000 population The Home Office says there has been a downtrend in overall violence for the past decade But last October it emerged that levels of violent crime in England and Wales had been underestimated for more than a decade because of a blunder in recording methods Ministers admitted that

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  • Little Canada man videotaped sheriff's deputies, and got charged for it
    policy to take video cameras It is everybody s right to record What happens out in public happens out in public Kevin Beck whose law firm prosecutes non felony cases for Little Canada and other cities declined to comment Tuesday Jan 8 on the specifics of Henderson s case Henderson said he carries his camera with him and uses it often Occasionally he will post something online Police are in a position where they have a certain power that should be watched by the citizens he said regarding his motivation for the recording The best way to watch them is to film them and hold them accountable for their actions The day after Henderson s camera was taken Oct 30 he went to the Arden Hills sheriff s substation to get it back He gave staff there his name The camera they said would have to wait according to Henderson A week later Henderson was charged with obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct both misdemeanors The deputy wrote on the citation While handling a medical check the welfare call Henderson was filming it Data privacy HIPAA violation Refused to identify self Had to stop dealing with sit uation to deal w Henderson Henderson appeared in Ramsey County District Court on Jan 2 A pretrial hearing was rescheduled for Jan 30 The allegation that his recording of the incident violated HIPAA or the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is nonsense said Jennifer Granick a specialist on privacy issues at Stanford Law School The rule deals with how health care providers handle consumers health information There s nothing in HIPAA that prevents someone who s not subject to HIPAA from taking photographs on the public streets Granick said HIPAA has absolutely nothing to say about that She had never

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  • Biofuels cause pollution, not as green as thought - study
    European Union scheme to slow climate change by producing more biofuels Hewitt told Reuters there would be a similar impact wherever biofuels were produced in large quantities in areas suffering air pollution including the United States and China Poplar willow or eucalyptus trees all used as fast growing sources of renewable wood fuel emit high levels of the chemical isoprene as they grow the study said Isoprene forms toxic ozone when mixed with other air pollutants in sunlight Large scale production of biofuels in Europe would have small but significant effects on human mortality and crop yields said Hewitt As far as we know no one has looked at the air quality of growing biofuel crops before he added The report estimated that ozone from wood based energy to meet the European Union s 2020 goal would cause nearly 1 400 premature deaths a year costing society 7 1 billion The European plan would also would reduce the annual value of wheat and maize production by 1 5 billion since ozone impairs crop growth the study added LUNG PROBLEMS Siting new biofuel plantations far away from polluted population centres would help limit ozone formation the study suggested Genetic engineering might be used to reduce isoprene emissions it said Ozone can cause lung problems and is blamed for killing about 22 000 people a year in Europe Overall air pollution mainly from fossil fuels causes about 500 000 premature deaths in Europe a year according to the European Environment Agency Sunday s study did not compare the potential damage caused by biofuels to the impact on human health from producing coal oil or natural gas as part of policies to slow global warming We re not in a position to make that comparison Hewitt said He noted that the main reason

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